‘Inside the Kennel’
A look back into the history of the Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club
The Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club (WMRAC) was founded in the “swinging sixties”, a golden era for Grand Prix motor racing when drivers and team owners could indulge in the sport of motor racing. Circuit facilities were sadly lacking, at best Spartan; the pits comprised the bare essentials, often leaving drivers and mechanics exposed to the uncompromising elements that besiege the British Isles. Their wives, often with families in tow, willingly performed such vital roles as team manager, timekeeper, and cordon-bleu cook, all in the most primitive conditions. A cushion for the pit wall was often their only luxury – if they remembered to take one!
Not surprisingly therefore, one of the first items agreed at the inaugural meeting, was to purchase a ‘bus’ and to convert it into a mobile HQ, complete with the British life-saver, a tea dispenser. It was also agreed that a caravan would be used at various meeting in the UK thus providing a safe haven for young families.
Eventually the Club had a suite at Silverstone where the members and their families and guests could meet with food, drink etc., supplied on a ’bring and share’ basis. There were two doors to the original suite which were signed by many racing drivers, these being highly prized and admired by many guests. Unfortunately when the pit lane etc. was modified the Club relinquished the suite and we have been ‘homeless’ ever since.